When the offer came to review the book "Money Problems Marriage Solutions" I thought it might be a good one to read. This year has (because of various challenges with Ken's business) been one of our more challenging financial years and though Ken and I have been very blessed throughout our marriage to be able to be careful with our finances and keep on budget pretty well - I thought some encouraging words would be timely for us. Dealing with hard times financially can be a little stressful and when you are also working long hours to try to make things better that also leaves you tired and sometimes a little on edge. So encouragement was welcomed.
Through prayer, some extra work on our part and being patient with each other during the stressful times our marriage is doing pretty good but I still have been enjoying reading through this book. Chuck stresses the fact that we need to seek peace FIRST! We need to stop arguing about money (if that is what is happening) and find peace. We will not be able to prosper if we are fighting between ourselves. We need to look to understand the other's view point, we need to be willing to compromise and we need to be willing to apologize. If we work together than marriage is a great help in being more financially stable but if we fight about money our marriage could be headed for divorce ( which is very bad for the finances besides everything else).
I really liked his chapter on the Biblical Definition of Prosperity. Getting rich is not our ultimate goal in life. God does want us to prosper but that isn't necessarily being financially rich. Prospering is truly far more than just having plenty of money and sometimes it is had with very little money. Learning contentment is part of this secret.
He shares in his book one of my favorite verses: "Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart." Psalm 37:4 This verse is a reminder to seek God first. To trust and obey and then He will bless us.
He also encourages couples to truly study their spouse, to try to understand their personality and understand them better. To learn to appreciate the ways that they are different from you and to see how you complement each other. That helps so much when I have felt frustrated about various decisions that Ken has made. When I work to understand him better and why he is making the choices he is then I can be more patient with him and also see how what he is doing makes sense. Truly taking time to thank God for the differences in your spouse is a wonderful help in restoring a stressed relationship.
The book is filled with stories, scripture application and some good common sense. I think that if you are a married person (even if finances are going great for you) this book could be an encouragement to you.
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Disclaimer: I received this book free for purposes of reviewing but all thoughts expressed are my own.